Mary Davye Devoy 
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Re: “Should Employers Be Listed on Virginia State Sex Offender Registry?

This is NOT the first time this proposal has been made.
1. In 2010 it was SB635 which passed the Virginia Senate Committee and then the Full-Chamber 40-0 but was then “killed” by the House Militia, Police and Safety Sub-Committee of 6.
2. Then in 2012 it was HB413 which made it onto a hearing docket for the House Courts of Justice Criminal Sub-committee where the 8 members “Laid it on the table” instead of casting an official vote, to “kill” it.

I have looked for the specific piece of legislation (bill) somewhere between 2006 and 2008 (before I was an advocate) that directed the placement of the employer information of those listed on the Virginia State Police Registry to be listed online in Virginia; I can NOT find it anywhere which leads me to believe the VSP made this change on their own with no direction from the Virginia Legislature.

As of December 2015:
- 29 States do not list any employer information publicly; five of those States are Federal Adam Walsh Act AWA/SORNA compliant
- 10 States publically post just the address; eight of those are AWA/SORNA compliant
- 5 States post the city, county and/or zip code; 3 of those are AWA/SORNA compliant

44 States & Congress recognize employment as a top priority in an ex-offender's successful reentry back into our communities. Without employment the rules of probation would be broken, court fines and restitution would not be paid and stable housing would be impossible.

A homeless RSO is an untraceable RSO, & that makes registration irrelevant.

If SB11 Became Law What Would Stay the Same?
1. RSO’s would still register ALL their employer information with the Virginia State Police (and their VA-DOC Probation Officer).
2. The Virginia State Police (and their VA-DOC Probation Officer) would still confirm that their place of employment does not violate any State Law AND they would still confirm that the RSO does actually work there.

By publicly posting this information the Commonwealth is currently penalizing Virginia Businesses that are willing to hire citizens who have paid their court-ordered debt to society. Most employers knowing their company would be listed on the VSP Registry don’t hire qualified candidates because they don’t want to be bothered with the criticism, shame, intimidation, harassment and sometimes threats by customers, clients, neighboring businesses and by those who specifically want an RSO to fail.

In September 2013 Texas and in 2012 Kansas both removed ALL employment information from their public registries, Texas actually used Virginia’s 2010 failed bill as the foundation.

It’s Time for Virginia’s Legislature to right this wrong that the VSP did years ago without any oversight which has not only harmed Former-Offenders and their families but Virginia Businesses.

Vote ‘Yes’ on SB11 Virginia Legislators!

Here is the 50 State Comparison for anyone who is interested:

No Employment Information Publicly Listed:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Only Employer City, County and Zip Code Publicly Listed:
Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Only Employer City and Occupation Publicly Listed:
Alabama

Only Employer Street Name and Zip Code Publicly Listed:
Hawaii, Nevada

Only Employer Address Publicly Listed:
Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee

Employer Name and Address Publicly Listed:
Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maine, New Mexico (only releases information for registrants who will come into direct contact with children), Virginia

Mary Davye Devoy
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Posted by Mary Davye Devoy on 01/04/2016 at 2:52 PM

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